[In the Web] Fr. Fausto Tentorio, a martyr for indigenous peoples


 

Fr Tentorio in happier times: Photos courtesy of Davao City based human rights group Barug Katungod Mindanao.http://www.balitapinoy.net/journal/736031/Eight_Bullets_Blasted_Life_Out_Of_Human_Rights_Priest

By NARDY SABINO,

General secretary,

Promotion of Church People’s Response

 

 

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. ”(Luke 13:34)

“We express our deepest grief and indignation over the killing of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, an Italian priest and missionary to the Lumad tribes of Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. There are not enough words to express our sorrow. Father Tentorio served the indigenous people in Mindanao since 1978 and was the head of the Tribal Filipinos Apostolate of the Diocese of Kidapawan until his death. He was gunned down in the morning of Oct. 17, 2011 by helmet-wearing, motorcycle-riding gunmen.”

“We mourn with the members of his religious congregation and share with them their grief. Father Tentorio’s ministry was a great testimony of how the Church can always be in the service of those who have been marginalized and made poor by the system.”

“We are greatly disturbed that such crimes continue to be committed with impunity under the current Aquino administration. Father Tenorio’s murder brings to mind the activists, rights defenders and church people killed during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This recent killing alarms us. Father Tentorio is the third of church people killed under present government—after Benjie Bayles, a member of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, and Abe Sungit of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. All of them were advocates of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Father Tentorio is the 31st church people and second Roman Catholic killed in such manner since 2001. We have but one call: Justice for Father Tentorio!”

“We demand that the Aquino administration hasten the investigation into his murder and make sure that justice is served. Stop the killing of our prophets!”

 

Read full story at http://opinion.inquirer.net/15623/fr-fausto-tentorio-a-martyr-for-indigenous-peoples

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